C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy: a new mosaic (23 Feb. 2015)
A new image of comet was recently taken via the Virtual Telescope, thanks to an unexpected short window of clear sky; so, we continue our amazing coverage we provided for more than two months now.
The image above comes from the average of six, 120-seconds unfiltered exposures, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent rate of the comet. Two adjacent portions of the sky were imaged, later carefully superimposed, to cover a larger field of view. We used a 3×3 binning, providing the highest sensibility to light, still with a 1.8″/pixel, good resolution for a detailed view.
We provide also a negative palette, making easier to see the complex pattern of the tail.
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